Well...today I started taking the belly pan off. Starting from the back and working my way up the front. I got up to the back set of wheels. I was expecting to find all kinds of "stuff" on there. There was the usual stuff but I found insulation and lots of it.
This was spray on insulation!...this stuff is pretty stiff...is almost looked like the expanding foam but it was much more dense. Also...I did not want to look at the condition of the cross members and outriggers ( If I ignor it ....it will go away right) Well...to my suprise, it only has surface rust on it!!! I guess the insulation they used did not absorb moisture. From the mid of the cross member down has surface rust so I am VERY happy about that.
Question about the outriggers.
Could I weld 2" angle iron between each of the outriggers for more support?
I know this is going to sound crazy but I have an idea.
From what I can tell...there is the trailer, then there is the plywood and then the shell goes on top of that and is screwed into both.
At the out rigger section,the bolt goes through the c-channel of the shell...through the plywood and through the outrigger...tying them all toghether.
In the spaces where there is no outrigger...the bolt just goes through the c-channel and the plywood.
If this is correct, then I am thinking that there is not the same support from outrigger to outrigger...there is a space where support is missing?
Why couldn't I just run angle iron from outrigger to outrigger, making a long bar so to speak...coat this with POR 15 so that the steel is protected then just bolt the shell onto the frame.
Bring the welded supports 6 inches from the end of the outrigger, replace the
sections of the floor on the edges...the width of the wheel well, from fron to back...then replace the floor in the middle.
In short, if the edges are boldted down and the floor is bolded down This should be pretty solid...correct?